Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline fracas

Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Ianni twice goaded Jose Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for the hosts, leading to the United manager having to be held back by stewards as he attempted to chase the Italian down the tunnel.

Mourinho has avoided a charge from the Football Association for his role in the incident and has instead been reminded of his responsibilities. That is also the case for Chelsea and United in general, with both clubs receiving similar reminders about the behaviour expected of their staff and players while in the technical area

Ianni, however, has been charged with improper conduct and has until 6pm on Thursday to respond. An FA statement read: “Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been charged following the game against Manchester United on Saturday. It is alleged that his behaviour in the 96th minute constituted improper conduct.

“In relation to this incident, charge Mourinho has been formally reminded of his responsibilities, whilst both clubs have received similar official reminders in terms of the behaviour expected of their staff and players at all times whilst in the technical area.”

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